Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to a discussion thread at this blog:
I have 140 wildly supportive comments posted (with links!) at the “People Are Talking” section of the site, Sparky. There is no other blogger on the face of Planet Internet who has even a fraction of the number of wildly enthusiastic endorsements that I have won for myself.
Tell me one other blogger who has his name in the Acknowledgments section of peer-reviewed academic research (saying that he was the person whose views on investing inspired the research). And we’re not talking about any old research paper here. We are talking about research that a Ph.D. graduate from Princeton says belongs in the Journal of Finance, the top journal in the field.
Are you joking?
You are right that people do not post comments here. And people do not link to me. And people do not write articles about me.
They are afraid to do so.
I had tons of support before Greaney threatened to kill family members of any poster who expressed support for me. Do you think that might have something to do with the lack of comments here?
And it’s not just the death threats. The death threats were advanced by social misfits who in ordinary circumstances no one would pay attention to for two seconds. The bigger problem is the failure of people like Jack Bogle and Bill Bernstein and Larry Swedroe and Scott Burns to speak up and demand that something be done about those death threats and all the other intimidation tactics that you Goons have employed.
When Bogle speaks up, it is over, Sparky.
From that day forward, I will have not just hundreds of comments at this blog every day, I will have thousands.
That’s why I built the Retire Early board at Motley Fool into the most successful board in that site’s history in the first place. I want thousands of comments every day. And I want a thriving community of people helping those thousands of people to save and invest more effectively.
When your prison term is announced, that news is going to go viral. And then it will be over. The ugly part, I mean. The wonderful, life-enhancing exploration of the realities of saving and investing will continue for years and years and years.
Do I like it that my success depends on you being sent to prison?
I do not like it one tiny bit.
That’s why I have spoken out against the intimidation tactics going back to the first day.
I don’t control everything that happens in this crazy, mixed-up world of ours, do I, Sparky?
If it were up to me, there would be thousands of comments here every day and you would not be on your way to prison. It’s not up to just me. So I have been forced to watch it play out this other way instead.
I wish you all the best, my long-time abusive posting friend.